The Herbal Option

” Healing is an art. It takes time, it takes practice. It takes love.”

Maza Dohta

When it comes to stress and anxiety there are a variety of prescription drugs that many rely on to help ease their pain, not to mention non-prescription drugs, legal or otherwise, and of course the old standby, alcohol. However, we know that drugs can have side-effects, become addictive and are usually a crutch and not a solution. I am in the group of people that can’t take anything. Medicines usually give me side effects or an allergic reaction, therefore I am always researching vitamins and natural remedies for different issues that come up in my life. The following are the best natural herbs and vitamins to relieve stress and anxiety I have found.

Passionflower: I was not aware of the existence of this herb until recently. Apparently, it is very popular to release stress and anxiety. You can find passionflower in the form of tea bags or vitamin capsules, however I found that the most successful way to use this is to buy it in loose form and make your own tea. It is usually available at Hispanic markets and health food stores and if you live in Reno the best place to go is Truckee Meadow Herbs. It is a great store where you can find all kinds of herbal and natural supplements for all kinds of uses and the staff is super helpful.

L-Theanine: If you are on the go and don’t have time or interest to make the passionflower tea, then this is for you! I have found L-Theanine to be great for anxiety and stress reduction.  You can find this in rapid release capsules or dissolve on your tongue tablets.  I have tried many different ones throughout the years and found the products from Vitamin World work the best. Rapid release caps are good, but the dissolve on your tongue tablets are amazing and seem to act quicker, if you are like me, you can feel instant relief.

Vitamin B Stress Complex: This is a great supplement that seems to help a lot on stress reduction. I like the ones by Thorne Laboratory.  A really good friend from Canada told me about this product and I decided to try it and it has been so far a great purchase! These caps come in 200 mg, and I take one daily.  Recommended dose is two daily but everybody is different!  

Kava Kava: This is another herb remedy that helps with anxiety and stress.  I have not been able to find this one as a loose herb, so I decided to try the capsules. Again, this one comes in 200 mg, and I like the one by Natrol Laboratories.

Chamomile: Who doesn’t like chamomile? I would say that this is probably the most popular herb that people use to treat anxiety.  I have tried many of the teas that you find at the grocery and health food stores, however, same case of passionflower, this is much better if you get the loose chamomile flowers and just make your own tea. You can buy empty or reusable tea bags or tea infuser strainers from health food stores or Amazon.

There are many other herbal remedies to help with stress and anxiety, but the above are the main ones on my list.  As you know natural herbs and natural supplements can help immensely without major side-effects. In our path to healing, I want to share the most amazing advice I ever heard from a Mexican Healer and poet, Maria Sabina. It is indeed a true and beautiful message.

“Cure yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall.

With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds.

Heal yourself with mint, with neem and eucalyptus.

Sweeten yourself with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile.

Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a touch of cinnamon.

Put love in tea instead of sugar, and take it looking at the stars.

Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain.

Get strong with bare feet on the ground and with everything that is born from it.

Get smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with the eye of your forehead.

Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier.

Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember…you are the medicine. “

Have you tried any of these herbs or supplements to relieve stress and anxiety, if so what was your experience?

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